Regional referee crisis continues

Reporter:

Gavin Grosvenor

CENTRAL Wales continues to endure a referee crisis.

Spar Mid Wales League appointments secretary Paul Worts made the frank assessment at the league annual meeting this week ahead of his final season in the post.

Several referees were lost last season with fixtures covered by a list of 23 referees.

Worts said: “We will require more officials in the next season with the likelihood of both divisions running with 16 teams.

“This means there is little chance of appointing assistants for most first division games and there is still the possibility of games in junior

leagues having to be postponed.

“I would love to be able to appoint three officials to all first division games but it is not going to happen.”

Worts confirmed several officials had been lost at the start of last season but hoped to welcome them back.

“It was disappointing to lose a couple of referees during the close season due to events surrounding the fitness test which was no fault of our league,” said Worts.

“A number of referees quit after failing a more stringent fitness test which is in place. We just cannot afford to lose any referee in Central Wales.

“Players do not have to undertake a fitness test so why should referees, particularly if their marks for the previous season are acceptable.”

The league hopes to welcome six new officials next season which will help ease the crisis.

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